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Top Plant Picks June 2022

Photo of Delosperma 'Orange Wonder'

Top Plant Picks June 2022

Summer is in full swing in our gardens! Cheekwood’s Plant Collections Manager, Shanna Jones, shares her top plant picks for June.

Photo of a Ginkgo biloba 'Magyar'

Ginkgo biloba ‘Magyar’ (Ginkgo / Maindenhair Tree)

Bloom Time: March – April

Sun Requirement:  Full sun – part shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Tolerates: Deer and pollution

Native to North America: No

Zones: 3 – 8

Other: Introduction from Princeton University. Excellent street tree! A male clone of G. biloba, it does not possess the stinky fruit.

Location: Frist Learning Center Courtyard

Photo of Athyrium niponicum var. pictum June Plant Pick

Athyrium niponicum var. pictum (Japanese Painted Fern)

Sun Requirement: Part shade – full shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Tolerates: Rabbits, deer, & heavy shade

Native to North America: No

Zones: 5 – 8

Other: Best red color shows in heavier shade; weeping habit.

Location: Burr Terrace Garden

June Plant Pick Delosperma 'Orange Wonder', Ice Plant

Delosperma cooperi ‘WOWDOY3’ Wheels of Wonder® Orange Wonder (Ice Plant)

Bloom Time: spring – fall

Sun Requirement: Full sun

Water Requirement: Dry

Wildlife: Butterflies, moths, hoverflies, & bees

Tolerates: Poor Soils

Native to North America: No

Zones: 5 – 10

Other: Great water wise plant with an exceptionally long blooming period.

Location: Sigourney Cheek Literary Garden

Photo of Magnolia grandiflora 'Teddy Bear' June Plant Pick

Magnolia grandiflora ‘Southern Charm’ Teddy Bear® (Southern Magnolia)

Bloom Time: June – September

Sun Requirement: Full sun

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife:Seeds feed birds, squirrels, rabbits, & wild turkey

Tolerates: Acidic soils, wet soils

Native to North America: Yes

Zones: 7 – 9

Other: Largest native flower in North America.

Location: Weaver Walk

Photo of Buxux 'Green Pillow' June Plant Pick

Boxwood macrophyla ‘Green Pillow’ (Littleleaf Boxwood)

Bloom Time: Insignificant

Sun Requirement: Full sun – part shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Tolerates: Rabbit & deer

Native to North America: No

Zones: 6 – 9

Other: A dwarf, cushion’y cultivar. 3ft. X 3ft. max size.

Location: Howe Garden: Wildings

Photo of Hydrangea quercifolia June Plant Pick

Hydrangea quercifolia (Oakleaf Hydrangea)

Bloom Time: May – June

Sun Requirement: Full sun – part shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife:Bees and butterflies

Tolerates: Some dry conditions

Native to North America: Yes

Zones: 5 – 9

Other: Wonderful cut flower! Amazing fall color. Native to the southeastern U.S.

Location: Carell Dogwood Garden: Hydrangea Trail

Photo of Cornus florida 'Cherokee Sunset'

Cornus florida ‘Cherokee Sunset’ (Flowering Dogwood)

Bloom Time: April – May

Sun Requirement: Part shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife:Attracts long-tongued bees, short-tongued bees, wasps, flies, & butterflies

Native to North America: Yes

Zones: 5 – 9

Other: Larval host for cecropia silkmoth & spring azure butterfly. Striking variegated leaves.

Location: Museum Front Lawn

Photo of Lysimachia 'Burgundy Mist'

Lysimachia lanceolata ‘Burgundy Mist’ (Lance-leaved Loosestrife)

Bloom Time: June

Sun Requirement: Full sun – part sun

Water Requirement: Medium – dry

Wildlife:Short-tongue bees

Tolerates: Deer & heat

Native to North America: Yes

Zones: 4 – 8

Other: A great plant solution for weedy areas of the garden.

Location: Howe Garden


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